BACK IN BLACK (AND WHITE)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis has been a wonky year for me and I’ve let my blog, webpage and writing suffer. Now, I’m determined to get back to it.

My friend and colleague Yvonne Montgomery, currently writing the Wisdom Court series (available in The Kindle Store and other digital outlets), has reminded me the writers must write. I harp on that a lot; however, I’ve let myself get away from writing this year and it is starting to weigh on me.

Thus, it seemed appropriate to post some of the material I have in various stages of completion. Although first, I will confess that my Black Claw series, which is non-horror, old pulp-style action/adventure tales from World War II is dead. R.I.P. I originally planned ten novels in the series that would carry the story through VJ Day. Unfortunately, the two novels I’ve published have not sold well. As a test, I advertised them in August at Pulp Fest, a big conference in Cleveland. Unfortunately, the results were disappointing. Such is life. When something doesn’t work, you try something else. I have lived my adult life by the words of writer Fredrick Brown: “If you want something badly enough, you’ll get it; and if you don’t get it, it just goes to show you didn’t want it badly enough.”  No excuses, no blame-game, no finger pointing. I’m responsible for my life and it is my decisions and my actions that define my outcomes.

Oops, sorry, didn’t mean to lecture.

My late friend Mary Jo Adamson used to tell me I had good ideas for books. The truth is that’s always been the problem. I have more ideas than I can write. Then again, ideas are a writers stock and trade so having too many ideas is like a farmer having too many crops to harvest.

Two of my books that are written, DARK DEFENDER and A LESSER GOD RISING, will be published soon. Additionally, I hope to have ALIEN PLAGUE, my zombie novel, published by Halloween. A DEVIL LONG CAGED and DEATH RAY are nearly completed and I continue to work on them with a goal of wrapping them up next year.

There are two other novels finished and two that I have outlined — in my fashion — and will work on those over the next couple of years.

So, all of that said, between this blog, my Facebook page and my website, I hope to keep everyone apprised of  my work. I appreciate all the support and encouragement I’ve received and I hope to get back into a writing mode that provides many more books.